Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) is the prince of a wealthy African country and wants for nothing, except a wife who will love him in spite of his title. To escape an arranged marriage, Akeem flees to America accompanied by his persnickety sidekick, Semmi (Arsenio Hall), to find his queen. Disguised as a foreign student working in fast food, he romances Lisa (Shari Headley), but struggles with revealing his true identity to her and his marital intentions to his king father (James Earl Jones).
- " Murphy delivers one of his most likable performances. " – Matt Brunson (Creative Loafing)
- " Murphy has dealt audiences the movie equivalent of a royal flush and he is now clearly Hollywood's reigning king of comedy. " – Kathleen Carroll (New York Daily News)
- " …a worthy followup to Murphy and Landis' first collaboration, Trading Places. " – David Nusair (Reel Film Reviews)